Nintendo's Wii console launches, but can it take on the PlayStation juggernaut?

Nintendo's quirky new video game console, the Wii, goes on sale Sunday, just two days after the launch of the rival PlayStation 3 from Sony turned violent at some stores. The release of the Wii is expected to be less dramatic, mainly because Nintendo has made sure to have a lot more units available than Sony could muster.

Launching right after the much-hyped PlayStation 3 is a brave move for Nintendo Co., which is playing catch-up after losing dominance of the home console market to Sony Corp. in the mid-90s.

The console itself is a daring design: it eschews the high-definition graphics that are the main selling points of the PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360, which came out a year ago. Instead, Nintendo hopes to attract a new generation of fans by changing the way games are played. The console comes with a motion-sensitive controller that acts as a tennis racket, baseball bat, steering wheel, gun or sword depending on the game.

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said the company made "some very tough choices" in designing the Wii.

"Tough choices about not including a DVD player at the start, tough choices about not including high-definition capability at the start. That's because we wanted a mass-market price, and we believe the market will validate those decisions come launch day on this Sunday," Fils-Aime said.

The Wii costs $250 and includes one game. The two PlayStation 3 models cost $500 and $600, with no included game. The two Xbox 360 models cost $300 and $400, with no game. Online, the prices are steeper: PlayStation 3s were selling for around $2,500 on eBay Saturday, while Wiis were listed at around $500, or double the store price.

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gEaRs_Of_HaLo4441d ago

Ok i dont belive in any way will the Wii beat the PS3 .But i dont think that was Nintendo came out with this console with those intentions. i mean of course they kept the fingers cross but Nintendo just wanted to make a FUN Cansole something unlike any of the other consoles and that is what the Wii is FUN the player get to really get "IN THE GAME". But also those positive will also turn into their negetives because of being so active players are going to get tired and that is less the going to want to play their Wii.

Odiah4440d ago

Just look at DS and PSP. Case closed.

Asylumchild4440d ago

WII BETTER THEN PS3 This is the best console OUT!!!!!

Reaper4440d ago

yeah so much for your predictions. Wii sales are [email protected] the ps3, just check out

power of Green 4440d ago

360 vs Wii, PS3 will only appeal to hardcore Sony fans.

SuperSaiyan44440d ago

When will the joke end? Well it started when it was called the Wii, its overpriced and you people know it.

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